According to Buzzfeed News, a QAnon supporter has been elected to the U.S. Congress for the first time after Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene won her election in Georgia on Tuesday.
Republicans have largely tried to distance themselves from the QAnon conspiracy, which Buzzfeed described as “the collective delusion that ridiculously claims President Donald Trump is fighting a satanic cabal of elites who abuse children.”
But the GOP has simultaneously offered support to QAnon-believing candidates.
Buzzfeed noted that Trump called Greene a “future Republican star.” And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would “welcome” Greene while also claiming there is “no place for QAnon in the Republican Party.”
Already, the U.S. has seen real world consequences related to QAnon, the news outlet reported.
QAnon believers have engaged in an armed standoff with federal officials at the Hoover Dam. They’ve tried to hijack legitimate efforts to fight child sex trafficking. They have sent death threats to a Democratic member of Congress. Someone who believed in its precursor, Pizzagate, opened fire in a popular DC pizza parlor, saying he was looking to free children who have been sexually abused. It has infected the minds of boomers and young students alike.
Greene — who has espoused QAnon theories, posted a video of herself threatening “antifa terrorists” with an AR-15, and shared a meme of herself with a gun next to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of “the Squad” — won election in Georgia’s 14th District. Decision Desk HQ called the race shortly after polls closed in the state at 7 p.m. ET. She didn’t face any opposition on Tuesday night after her Democratic opponent dropped out of the race.